10 Things To Do If You’re In A Funk (+ One Don’t)

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We all go through seasons of life that are great, and some that just plain stink.  It’s easy to go through the good times.  They’re good!  But how do we break free from those not so wonderful times.  I’m not talking about true tragedy or deep depression.  Please, if that describes you, ask for help.  I’m talking about those times where you just don’t feel like yourself.  When you don’t feel inspired or motivated.  Life can throw in these wrenches in from time to time and I like to be prepared.  These rough patches don’t have to be debilitating, use them to grow and learn more about yourself.Continue reading

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Gav + Ro's Playroom Tour

I’m so thrilled to finally be sharing another finisher space in my house!  I feel like all I ever do is plan and Pinterest board my ideas to death and they never actually come to be.  But I’m changing that with project sheets (I’ll share about that soon!) and it’s working!  This particular level of our house used to be completely different and fairly haphazard but with a complete (unexpected) basement renovation, it was the perfect opportunity to change some things around.  Continue reading

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February 5 Favorites

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February felt just as quick as January for me but that probably has a lot to do with the fact that its 2-3 days shorter than all the other months.  I hope yours was filled with all the 50-75% off Valentine candy you could stomach and lots of love!  I’m not big on all the “love day” celebrations but I will say that I enjoy the holiday for my boys.  Gav and I went to the Valentine dance at his school and I can’t begin to express just how special that was for us.  We dressed up, had dinner, got our picture taken, and it was something I have looked forward to since first finding out we were having a boy 6+ years ago.  Other than our fabulous dance date, here’s 5 more things that I’m loving from February:

  1. THESE racerback tanks from Walmart.  I basically live in workout clothes since I’m a dance teacher, workout twice a week, and am a mom. (Hashtag what are real clothes?) These tanks are incredibly comfortable and soft and I want one in all the colors times 12!
  2. I am happy to report that I read TWO more books last month on my way to my 20 books in 2018 goal.  I’m also happy to tell you that I recommend them both.  The first was Rise by Cara Brookins.  It’s an amazing story of how a broken family built themselves back together by literally building a house from the ground up.  I’ve never known all the steps in house building and it’s insane!  The second was another suspense novel by David Bell called Somebody I Used to Know.  (cue song by Gotye)  I enjoy Bell’s writing style and found myself, just like last month, trying to put all the details together before the final reveal.
  3. THIS dressing by Bolthouse Farms.  I’ve been tracking what I eat lately just to keep myself accountable and feel better about what I’m putting in my body.  The Bolthouse Farms ranch variety of dressings are yogurt based so yay for less guilt.   Also, eating more veggies on the daily is part of my new year goals so that means salads abound when I don’t have time to cook.  If you’re not a cilantro fan, than this definitely isn’t the dressing for you (they have a salsa verde one that is great too), but if you love it like I do, get this in your belly!
  4. BANZA PASTA is my new jam.  Yeah, it’ll cost you a couple more dollars than a standard box of pasta but the benefits are so worth it.  It’s pasta made strictly from chickpeas so it doesn’t have any enriched/bleached flour which has always bothered me.  Its also gluten free if that’s your thing. Skeptics, I hear ya, but it totally tastes like real thing.
  5. Showering with essentials oils is next level relaxation.  I may be late to the game on this one but it’s a game changer.  After a night at the studio or when I have next day soreness from a work out, I love to mix R.C. and Panaway, crank the heat just a bit, and magic!  Not on the oil train yet?  Shoot me a message and I can get you all set up!

What were some of your highlights/favorites from February?

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Tips For Taking Pictures Of Your Kids With Just Your Phone

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I often get asked how I take such cute pictures of my boys.  I’ll be honest, it doesn’t work every time but I wanted to share some tips on what I do with my boys to get some of the images I do.  You don’t need a fancy camera, you don’t even need the latest iPhone (I have a 6s guys.  Would I love to have that portrait mode though?  You betcha!).  Photoshop is great and all, but it’s not necessary.  All you need is your current phone, a couple (FREE) apps, and a dash of patience.  All the pictures in this post were taken with my iPhone 6s.Continue reading

What I Want To Teach My Boys

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What I What To Teach My Children

Over the past few weeks (months, years…) I’ve seen a steady increase in the lack of compassion and respect in the younger generation.  Dear fellow grown ups of the world, we need to HAVE TO do better.  Whether it’s the need for stronger discipline, more love, or whatever, something needs to be done now.  What I have seen lacking in the values of today’s kids, is exactly what I want to teach my children.  I want to teach them how to be good humans.

There’s a huge difference from when I was a kid to now.  Or maybe I was in my own bubble which is a huge possibility.  I know I wasn’t a perfect kid, none of us are/were.  I know there were times when I wanted to give up or felt unmotivated, times when I let the sass fly and times I was ungrateful.  But I was taught, disciplined, put in my place, whatever you want to call it.  And this is what I intend to do with my boys.Continue reading

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My DIY Must-Have Supply List

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DIY must have supply list

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January 5 Favorites

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For some it’s felt like January went on forever and for some, it flew by.  For me, I love January.  The newness, the birthdays, the reset mode mindset, the birthdays…..did I mention the birthdays.  It’s always been one of my favorite months and here are five things that loved about this particular one.

  1. I’ve kept up with my new year reading goal so far and finished not one but TWO books! I am loving getting back into reading.  At first I had to force myself away from the urge to just veg whenever I had a second to relax.  But, after I got into the habit, I looked forward to my reading time.  This month I read In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day (Christian/Non Fiction) and Bring Her Home (Suspense/Fiction).  I highly recommend both!
  2. THIS BLANKET!  I’m always on the lookout for super soft/neutral blankets for our living room and basement.  This one is under $10 and so soft and warm.  It’s my napping blanket.
  3. THIS Sweater – If it wasn’t obvious, I love to be comfy and warm.  This sweater goes great with literally everything because it’s neutral and keeps me warm without being too heavy.  It runs just a tad small so the arms aren’t long like I usually prefer but I still love it.
  4. My office is almost complete and I had fun making THIS art inspired by pieces I found in Target.  (Who isn’t inspired by Target?!)
  5. My newest sweet treat obsession is THIS peanut butter “ice cream”.  If you’re on a restricted eating plan or diet, this is a must try.

Bonus faves: Donut cakes for the cutest six year old birthday boy and that gorgeous Kate Spade (my first designer bag ever!) from my bestie for my birthday.

Now it’s YOUR turn!  What was the highlight of your January?

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Since getting our basement back in order, I’ve had the opportunity to redo do the boys play area and gained an office. (All the praise hands and heart eyes!) I love the freedom of completely redesigning a space. You can declutter, regroup, rearrange, and, my favorite part, SHOP! While perusing the aisles of all my favored decor spots, I saw a common style at Target (from the Pillowfort line to be exact) that I loved but didn’t quite want to pay the price. I wondered if there was a way I could recreate it and this is what I came up with.Continue reading

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